Although she originally dismissed the women’s rights movement as “middle class,” after meeting Gloria Steinem, Huerta realized the two shared similar goals and beliefs. She began to actively challenge the gender discrimination within the farm workers movement. Years later, after recovering from injuries sustained while protesting, she spent two years working for the Feminist Majority’s Feminization of Power campaign(2) and was one of the founders of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Now in her 80’s, Huerta continues to be an active and tireless advocate for social justice. She is the founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation(3), created “to inspire and motivate people to organize sustainable communities to attain social justice(4)” and sits on the Board of Directors of Equality California(5), an organization working to achieve equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Californians(6).
1. “Dolores Huerta.” National Women’s History Project.
2. “Dolores Huerta Biography.” Dolores Huerta Foundation.
3. “Feminist Majority Foundation Co-Founder Huerta Critical, Condition Improves.” Feminist Majority Report. Winter 2000 (12.2).
4: Dolores Huerta Foundation.
5: “Board of Directors.” Equality California. Available at http://www.eqca.org/site/pp.asp?c=kuLRJ9MRKrH&b=4025503
6: “2009 Legislative Guide.” Equality California. Available at http://www.eqca.org/atf/cf/%7B34f258b3-8482-4943-91cb-08c4b0246a88%7D/EQCA%202009%20LEG%20GUIDE.PDF
Photo from Pacifica Radio Archives
To learn more:
Perez, Frank. Dolores Huerta. Austin, Texas: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1996.
Garcia, Mario T. (ed). A Dolores Huerta Reader. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2008.